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ho am I? That question can now  authors tell us that we are saints, servants
                 be answered in dozens of ways,  and sons of God. Interestingly, it was likely
        Wall of them encouraging, so long  unbelievers who gave us yet another title
        as we have personally trusted Christ as  – Christians (Act 11:26), meaning “Christ’s
        Savior. But before we look at the question,  ones.”
        “Who am I?” let’s step back to consider   While this is not an exhaustive list, each
        the question, “Who was I?” What does the   of the above metaphors will be explained
        Bible say about us before we came to faith   in detail in the pages which follow in this
        in Christ? We were ungodly. We were lost.   special issue of Truth & Tidings devoted to
        We were blind. We were dead. We were   answering the question, “Who am I?” now
        hopeless. And the adjectives could go on   that I have become a believer in the Lord
        and on. But even though Scripture uses   Jesus Christ.
        many adjectives to describe who we were,   The world and the devil will tell you
        metaphors are not so plentiful. Unbelievers
        are referred to as sheep going astray and as   that you are many things – guilty, a failure,
        children of disobedience/wrath, but there   naïve, hateful, bigoted. Don’t believe their
        are not many more. Yet the metaphors that   descriptions. Let the pages of your Bible tell
                                             you who you are and respond accordingly.
        describe us after the most welcome inva-
        sion occurred in our lives abound – God’s   It was John Newton who said, “I am not
        grace came in and changed everything.   what I might be; I am not what I ought to
        Fascinating pictures  of who we are in   be; I am not what I wish to be; I am not what
        Christ leap bountifully from the pages of   I hope to be. But I thank God I am not what
        the New Testament.                   I once was, and I can say with the great
          The Lord Jesus describes us as the salt of   apostle, ‘By the grace of God I am what I
        the earth and the light of the world in the   am.’” The grace of God has changed ev-
        Sermon on the Mount. In His Upper Room   erything, including who we are. “So then,
        Discourse, He refers to us as His friends as   if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
        well as branches in a vine, Himself being   what is old has passed away – look, what is
        the True Vine. And in Acts 1:8, He says   new has come!” (2Co 5:17 NET). And what
        that we are His witnesses. The apostle Paul   is new is beautiful!
        informs us in his letters that we are ambas-  Who are you? If you’re a Christian, keep
        sadors for Christ, athletes and soldiers,  reading and you’ll find out. If you’re not,
        members of Christ’s body and heirs of God.  please read the back cover article on what a
        Peter adds to our growing list, stating that  Christian is and put your trust in the Lord
        we are a kingdom of priests as well as liv-  Jesus. If you do so, you too will become a
        ing stones. And multiple New Testament  new creation.

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